Acting Superintendent

Good afternoon Mounties:

Earlier today, I had the distinct privilege of being a part of the Thurgood Marshall Day celebration where members of our local government named a stretch of Route 17 in Hillburn in Marshall’s honor. The naming was followed by a special reception in the historic Hillburn building (our offices) with former Hillburn students and their families, district staff, members of the Board of Education and Assemblywoman Jaffee. It was in this small village that Marshall first took on desegregation and it’s always important to celebrate that victory.

Another victory I’d like to celebrate is one from last Friday night. For the last few months, the students in the Foundations classroom at Suffern Middle School, under the guidance of Mr. Matt Jones and Mr. Ken Wojehowski, worked to create and produce “Suffern’s Got Talent,” as their project-based learning activity. This show celebrated many talented individuals in our community.  In addition to the talent, the project had a charitable component as well and as a result of this well planned, well-publicized event, more than $1700 was raised for the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Westchester. If you attended the evening, you saw how these students poured their hearts into the event; everyone in the audience could feel it. Thank you to all who were a part of making this happen!

Additionally, I’d like to recognize Suffern High School Junior Jed Barg, who, during select choir practice, jumped into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver when a fellow classmate was choking. Jed’s quick thinking and previous lifeguard training led to the saving of a student’s life. We are so impressed with Jed’s sense of calm and strength during a stressful moment and want to recognize him for his bravery.

As you look towards next week, please consider attending our first ever “Suffern Celebrates Civics” event at the high school on Monday, May 20. Our National History Honor Society students and Ms. Cleary have been working diligently to offer a carnival-like evening filled with games and activities centered around civics and moments in history. The event begins at 6:00 pm.

And, please don’t forget that Tuesday, May 21st, is the budget vote for our school district. We hope you will come out to vote and support our district spending plan so that we can continue to offer exemplary programs and academics to the children in our community.

Have a great weekend!

Upcoming Office Hours for Dr. Castaldo:
Thursday, May 23rd 4:00-5:30
Wednesday, June 12th 4:30 – 5:30